Disney Scraps Snow White Ride, Adds New Roller Coaster

Posted Jan 18th 2011 05:20 PMUpdated Jan 19th 2011 09:19 AM


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Walt Disney World officially announced more details about its renovation of Fantasyland, now underway. The biggest surprise: The Mouse will scrap Snow White's Scary Adventure, a ride that has been open since the park's opening day, and build a new indoor roller coaster, tentatively called The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Disney says cutting the original and beloved Snow White will make room for a Princess meet-and-greet area, to be called the Fairytale Hall.

In 1988, when the resort demolished another opening-day attraction, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, the uproar among purists reverberated for years. By contrast, Disneyland in California, which sits on a much smaller lot, retains both its original Snow White and Mr. Toad rides.

The new Mine Train will track the dwarfs' workday in the diamond mine. So far the new ride has only been announced for Disney's Orlando-area resort and not for the company's other parks.

Eric Jacobson, Senior Vice President of Creative Development at Walt Disney Imagineering, told AOL Travel News the new Snow White attraction will employ an internally developed technology that will allow ride vehicles to pivot using centrifugal force, resulting in a mimickry of swinging movements of the mine carts in the 1937 animated film.

Disney's Fantasyland rehab, set to open in stages starting at the end of 2012, has been anything but dreamy for the corporation.

When it was first announced in September 2009, the renovation plans were heavy on promotional, meet-and-greet tie-ins with its Princess and Pixie franchises that are mostly popular with young girls.

But last June, when Universal Orlando opened its Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction to sellout crowds and thunderous acclaim, Disney halted progress on what was a modest plan, for which land had already been cleared, and went back to the drawing board.

The new outcome, it's hoped, will be more appealing to boys.

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Disney previously announced the Fantasyland renovation would include a second Dumbo ride machine to double load capacity and a new queue system that lets families roam a circus-themed entertainment area while waiting for their time slot for that ride; the addition of an indoor ride based on The Little Mermaid that will be a clone of one already being built at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim; and the removal of Mickey's Toontown Fair.

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Disney has also now deleted a previously hyped fairy-themed area called Pixie Hollow from its Fantasyland roster.

The outgoing Snow White ride has terrified children in Florida for nearly 40 years, and several years ago, the "scary" was added to the ride's name as a fair warning to parents of nervous toddlers.

"It frankly is pretty scary for some of our younger guests," Jacobson said. "So we thought, 'How can we tell this story in a way that's more fun and less about the Witch and more about Snow White and her pals the Dwarfs.' Our fans ultimately know that we're doing to the right thing for them and we'll please as many people as possible, so I think they'll be happy."

The new Snow White ride's theme is also sure to set amusement park aficionados' tongues wagging. There's already a runaway mine train coaster, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, in the Magic Kingdom, resulting in a rare creative duplication for Disney.

Disney also announced at a media event that its Star Tours ride would return with new 3-D computer animations on May 20, and confirmed the Barnstormer kiddie coaster would be renamed The Great Goofini.

The company also debuted the new 10-minute projection show, "The Magic, The Memories, and You", that uses Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World as a canvas for a series of colorful computer animations and 500 images of guests taken in the park each day by the company's souvenir photographers.

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i have ride the old snow white only once in my life and I don't go to any amusment park a lot but I can say that the old snow white was a bit scary for me and im not little or big but wat I don't get is that well first ive looked up the WHOLE Disney property for everything they have in Orlando and they LOTS of space they don't use so y r they destroying rides and adding new things there when they have lots of other space they need to use I mean mickeys toon town was my favorite place at that thing I couldn't wait to find it when I got there but I didn't know they killed it so I was like waaat where is it then me and my mom were wat happened to it then we saw new fantasy land posters and I got soooooo mad they destroyed my favorite place I still don't see y they r calling the princess thing "new" cause they had it when mickeys toon town was living so they r lieing when they say its new besides I saw on my last vist there they had moved ALOT stuff to different places even the winne the pooh ride it was one of my favorite rides and its still there don't get me wrong but they changed it I think of things like this if it still works leave it alone I wasent born for the old old rides like the mr toad thingy but I can say that sometimes Disney is nuts sometimes but at least they r trying to keep or bring back some old memories to Disney again like the epic mickey games with Oswald he was before mickey and they r bringing him back so I think this will be a good thing for Disney but I still don't see y they have to destroy things they have or keep up to date on other places this isn't project runway or jojos fashion show this is Disney but one last thing I want to know where r all the rides that r inspired by the tv shows for Disney like Hannah Montana or wizards or waverly place or even shake it up or mabey club penguin y cant they build rides for those things? that is wat I think

June 18 2013 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i have ride the old snow white only once in my life and I don't go to any amusment park a lot but I can say that the old snow white was a bit scary for me and im not little or big but wat I don't get is that well first ive looked up the WHOLE Disney property for everything they have in Orlando and they LOTS

June 18 2013 at 6:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride at the Magic Kingdom closed in 1998, not 1988, and its replacement, the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, opened in 1999.

January 20 2011 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robert Landau

Being an "old school" Disneyfan since the 70's I am not surprised by this news. Sure "The Disney Brass" that are now the decision makers see this as a keeping up with the Jonus, er, Jones-es kind of decision. They have to stay on pace for the almighty dollar with Universal now that they hav e the new Harry Potter section.
One thing comes to mind though as I read about the changes. WWWT? = What Would Walt Think?
First, an all time favorite, (for young and old alike)was the removal of Classic or "E-Ticket attractions" such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the beloved
Mr.Toads Wild Ride. I know that time moves on and things change, but isn't the true meaning of what Walt wanted to create is one NOT like everywhere else?
That is and always will be the charm and vision of the man who built his dreams into reality.
You can go to any amusement park to ride a rollercoaster but what about the heart of a man who has touched the lives of us all, especially the children. Call me "old school", but I am what I am....and proud of it!

January 20 2011 at 2:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just a brief correction regarding Disneyland's Snow White and Mr. Toad's "original attractions." What's there no only dates to the 1980's Fantasyland rebuild. The ride systems inside those attractions date to the 1980's as do most of the scenes etc. There are probably bits that do date to the originals but not much.

January 19 2011 at 2:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

First Mr Todd, then 20K Leagues, now snow white. What's the point of even going there any more!!!!!


January 19 2011 at 12:01 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

OOH MY GOD!!! Why the heck are they removing Snow White Scary Adventure??? THAT IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE RIDE! If they are expanding this area why can they not build a building for these princess? Plus they already have the other places currently that works out fine!!! Oh gosh I dilike this news very much!

January 19 2011 at 9:04 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
virginast pierre

The seats spin while you experience the ride's loops itself! And I have to agree that Batman is also one of My Top 3 picks at Six Flags.

January 19 2011 at 5:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply